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Friday, September 17, 2021 

With its second acquisition in less than a year, Danish pump company Svanehøj is expanding its OEM activities and adding new expertise to its growing service offering for gas tanker vessels.

The Danish gas pump specialist has begun the acquisition of Wärtsilä Tank Control Systems (TCS), historically known as Whessoe, which became part of Wärtsilä as a result of the acquisition of Total Automation in 2006. The division employs more than 50 people in the UK, Singapore, and France. This acquisition brings to Svanehøj additional skills in the production, sale, and service of high-end measurement systems for gas tanks on LNG ships and land-based LNG systems.

CEO Svanehøj, Søren Kringelholt Nielsen, said: “Gas is one of the biggest driving forces in the green transition. Liquefied natural gases such as LNG and LPG are already cleaner alternatives to oil and coal today. And with Power-to-X, we will see green electricity from solar power and wind converted into climate-friendly fuel for aircraft, ships, lorries and industry in a few years. The acquisition of Wärtsilä TCS is an expression of our desire to make Svanehøj a globally leading specialist in producing and servicing equipment for handling all types of liquefied gas – natural gas, biogas and not least the Power-to-X-based fuel of the future.”

The acquisition opens new opportunities for Svanehøj’s rapidly growing service business, which has almost tripled its revenue since 2018. Svanehøj is already a leading provider of cargo system service for LPG vessels, and the intention is to use the acquisition to achieve a similar position within the larger LNG ship segment.

“With this acquisition, Svanehøj will now be the preferred service provider for about 500 LNG vessels with tank measurement systems from Wärtsilä TCS. Once on board, it will be attractive for many customers to consolidate their service jobs and make use of our competencies within servicing pumps, compressors, valves, and instrumentation,” said Morten Christian Larsen, Director, Service and Aftersales, Svanehøj.

Tamara de Gruyter, President, Wärtsilä Marine Systems and Head of Portfolio Business, said: "We are pleased to have come to an agreement to sell Wärtsilä Tank Control Systems to Svanehøj with whom we believe the business to have a strong future.”

The service department will expand with more than 70 employees and activities in Denmark, UK, China, and Singapore. With an expected increase in activity of initially 30-40%, the plan is to employ additional staff to support the offices in Denmark and Singapore.

As part of the deal, a new independent business for land-based activities will be established, to be based in Calais, France, from where Wärtsilä TCS currently produces measurement systems for land-based LNG systems.

The Wärtsilä TCS acquisition is Svanehøj’s second in less than eight months, following the takeover of FORCE Technology Marine Equipment Service.

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